Gaze at the stunning array of fountains and indulge in people watching in Baku's largest public square. Fountains Square starts from Istiglaliyyat Street and the walls of Icheri Sheher, passing through Nizami Street, (also known as Torgovaya street) and running parallel to Baku Boulevard. It's here where many people start or end their days in the Azerbaijani capital and well worth a visit when on a trip to the city.
A central point for Baku
The square is a public gathering place for the city, especially after business hours or during the weekend, and locals fill the many nearby restaurants and cafes. Many public festivals, shows, and celebrations are held in the square, so if you're in Baku during a public holiday, be sure to head down to the square to see for yourself how locals celebrate. The current name of the square derives from the presence of dozens of fountains throughout the square first constructed during Soviet rule of Azerbaijan. The square was previously called Parapet and is often referenced to by this name now. It was renovated in 2010 by Baku city authorities and its well-kept and clean nature reflects this.
Plenty to see and do
Take a stroll around this leafy piazza which forms Central Baku's natural focus. Admire the many fountains that give the square its name, including one topped by shiny silvered spheres giving fish-eye reflections of the trees and stone facades. One such facade is the beautiful statue-laden front of the Nizami Literature Museum. This outstanding landmark is best photographed at night. There's also a number of interesting statues to enjoy in the piazza. For example, the extremely popular bronze statue of a young lady with an umbrella, bare midriff, and mobile phone near to the large McDonald's. There's also another girl on a bench taking a selfie. Both sculptures provide a humorous reflection of modern Baku and make for fun selfie spots for tourists and city residents alike. Feeling hungry? Take a seat at one of the cafes and restaurants and order a "Fountains Square Salad," which is named after the square, of course! This is the perfect spot, coffee in hand, to watch as people go by in this buzzing hub of activity at the heart of the city. There are also many boutiques and shops in the nearby area, making it a great starting or ending point for a shopping expedition.